Exploring the Optimal Alloy for Nitrogen Activation by Combining Bayesian Optimization with Density Functional Theory Calculations

Kazuki Okazawa, Yuta Tsuji, Keita Kurino, Masataka Yoshida, Yoshifumi Amamoto, Kazunari Yoshizawa

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Abstract

Binary alloy catalysts have the potential to exhibit higher activity than monometallic catalysts in nitrogen activation reactions. However, owing to the multiple possible combinations of metal elements constituting binary alloys, an exhaustive search for the optimal combination is difficult. In this study, we searched for the optimal binary alloy catalyst for nitrogen activation reactions using a combination of Bayesian optimization and density functional theory calculations. The optimal alloy catalyst proposed by Bayesian optimization had a surface energy of ∼0.2 eV/Å2and resulted in a low reaction heat for the dissociation of the NN bond. We demonstrated that the search for such binary alloy catalysts using Bayesian optimization is more efficient than random search.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45403-45408
Number of pages6
JournalACS Omega
Volume7
Issue number49
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 13 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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